New Fragrances New DSH Fragrances: Gekkou Hanami, Foxy and Become the Shaman

New DSH Fragrances: Gekkou Hanami, Foxy and Become the Shaman

03/27/17 12:54:02 (7 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Have you ever wondered what it might smell like to sit under Japanese cherry blossoms while gazing at the stars in springtime? How about the scent of the fabulous fabled foxes of Roald Dahl's children's story? Or perhaps ceremonial incense is more your thing? Amazingly, all three of these scentscapes have been developed by the same perfumer. Prolific American perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (DSH Perfumes) has just released a green floral inspired by Japanese hanami traditions, an earthy animalic inspired by Fantastic Mr. Fox, and a smoky palo santo incense.

DSH Become the Shaman poster

Become the Shaman was developed for a project coordinated with Ca Fleur Bon and is focused on palo santo: "A grounding ritual mix based on palo santo, copal, tobacco, and sappy milkweed.  The result is a lush forest of milky-woody incense, with spice-like hints, and smoke softly curling around you. Great for men and women alike." DSHperfumes.com

DSH perfume bottle

Gekkou Hanami focuses on Japanese cherry blossoms: "A luminous Spring-fresh scent with an exotic yuzu-infused sake note flowing into sakura blossoms, neroli, and down into a soft woody – incense base of cedar and frankincense.  Full-Moonlight captured." DSHperfumes.com

Foxy by DSH

And Foxy is dedicated to Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox: "Foxy, which will be officially released on my site on April 1, has a few inspirations.  First, of course, is to portray and speak to another animal  note, this time ambergris / amber, which I felt spoke to the color of the red fox perfectly, and to create a slightly more rough and feral fur accord.  The second source came from the time I’ve spent this past winter watching Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. DSH Notebook

Dawn goes on to explain: "The very topnote is of the ‘golden star apple” / apple whiskey that Farmer Bean basically lives off of.  And the very next in the line up is Mrs. Bean’s famous “apple ginger snap”, which gives a wonderfully playful introduction to what becomes a much more sophisticated fragrance as it develops.  To balance what could be a densely sweet perfume, notes of mitti attar (a co-distill of baked earth and Indian sandalwood) and Oak co2 extract are brought in to give an effect of their tree / house and how foxes live underground. After all of this fooling around, as it were, in the topnote, it was time to get down to business.

This is where the third and fourth inspirations come in, which is the retro slang term foxy as in “Foxy Lady” (Not that Foxy is at all a feminine fragrance; it’s totally unisex) and a wonderful writer who is sometimes called “Foxy”  (classic fragrances are very much appreciated by him and I am delighted to say his nickname kept coming up as inspiration when exploring fur notes).   The animalics trend seems to have stemmed in part from the great interest of late in the perfume styles and classics of the past and with that comes a retro-nouveau quality that sticks to even new or modern versions of the animalic genre.  It’s difficult to talk about animalic perfumes without bringing up its historical context and pedigree.  And fur fragrances will have that reference to the much more commonplace and accepted practice of fur wearing in the past.  Nowadays, it’s faux fur that is chic; to wear the real thing is to many to condone animal cruelty, but this is not meant to be a political post.

Because I *DID* want a retro nouveau vibe in there (but less Marlene Dietrich and more Farrah Faucet, or even Jimi Hendrix), I gave Foxy a bit more leather, sweat, and skin in the accords I created.  I wanted you to really sense that this is a wild, sensuous animal that could be a bit scratchy in places." DSH Notebook

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz

All three fragrances are available in a range of products from Eau de Parfum to body products. Visit DSHperfumes.com.

 

 

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Managing Editor & Columnist

Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison’s journalism in the fragrance industry has appeared in international print and online publications such as PlayboyMen’s JournalMen’s Health and the New York Times. Marlen is also a regular contributor to BeautyAlmanac.com and works as a graduate professor, thesis advisor and faculty supervisor for MA programs in TESOL, Education, Writing and Literature. Learn more about Marlen by visiting:  www.MarlenHarrison.com.



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SuzanneS
SuzanneS

Theyre available now !

Apr
01
2017
Tracyarts
Tracyarts

I am going to have to try Become the Shaman. I burn Palo Santo wood in my home all the time and have always wanted to find a fragrance that has it as a main note.

Mar
31
2017
Skwirrel76
Skwirrel76

A perfume based on Fantastic Mr. Fox. It will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine.

Mar
31
2017
SuzanneS
SuzanneS

Foxxy sounds awesome..cant wait

Mar
30
2017
chayaruchama
chayaruchama

These are outrageously good!!!!!!!!!!

Mar
30
2017
perfumecritic
perfumecritic

@alittlebrittle: Chinchilla is a separate fragrance; Foxy launches April 1st : )

Mar
27
2017
alittlebrittle
alittlebrittle

Why are DSH calling this "Chinchilla" on their site, or am I looking at the wrong product? The aforementioned is listed with the other two you mentioned in your piece...but a different animal is included. How would one be influenced by Mr. Fox, but call it a chinchilla?

So, I'm guessing that fur will be the next hot fragrance note for awhile (e.g. Demeter's "Kitten Fur"), until we tire of it as well and push to the back of our cupboards with the oud, the "non-fragrance" scents, and tobaccos, clean linens, "book" scents, etc. We're definitely a little bored, I think, but I do like the idea of bottling the smell of my cat's fur after she's been on a sun-drenched window sill, and joked with someone about trying to put that into a fragrance some how. Here's to ideas that other, far less lazier people, see to fruition! Thanks for the info and the well-executed article.

Mar
27
2017

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